Thursday, September 27, 2012

"Closer" Cover Reveal

I come from a family of impatient present openers. There are were only three days left for the cover reveal for "CLOSER". But I thought, why not bring us a little closer to the reveal?

This excerpt will not be the final one that goes up on Amazon, but will give you a small sample of the story. I worked hard to get all of the details right on this, so I hope that you like it!
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A secret society exists among humans, comprised of immortals and gifted supernaturals. Kane is a Sensor, able to experience emotional energy through touch. Despite his good looks and easy-going personality, Kane lives a solitary life. Unlike other Sensors, he is unnaturally hypersensitive; touch brings pain.

After committing a crime, fate throws him a curve ball. In a most unusual set of circumstances, Kane must make a decision, each with its own moral consequence.

Two strangers collide, and the unique link brings them closer together, threatens to pull them apart.


"Closer" is a 30,000 word novella that will be published in 2012. Date not set.


Add it to your Goodreads shelf : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16036265-closer

Have a little mood music: 







Sunday, September 23, 2012

Coming Events

Oct 1 - Be sure to check out my blog where I will do the cover reveal of "CLOSER", a novella. I will also post a description with the cover, which I've never done ahead of publication. That means I'll have to write something up within the next week, and it may not be the description I put up on Amazon once the book is for sale, but it will give you an idea of what this story is about.

Oct 26 - The tentative release date for "IMPULSE". There is a possibility that it could change, so keep your eyes pealed and watch the countdown clock on my blog. I will adjust if needed, and also make any big announcements.

NEWSLETTER
Did you get one? Huh? Did ya? I sent out my first newsletter to alert readers who may not follow Facebook or my blog of some of the upcoming events. Be sure to sign up; the link is located on the left menu bar of my blog. Facebook doesn't display all of my posts on your newsfeed, I'll have you know.

I was posting on my personal page that my book being with the editor felt a lot like leaving your child with the babysitter. I keep wanting to call and see if it's okay, if its behaving itself. No doubt when my child is returned to me, the babysitter will have drawn a red ink pen all over it. It's going to be a very busy month for me and I'm trying to cram in reading in between.

PAPERBACK
I'm also in talks to get my books in paperback either later this year or early next year. These are additional expenses and will require me to do some additional work. Just be forewarned that the last page image in Twist will likely end up being on a page as a B&W; they cannot put that on the back inside cover.  Seeing it in its full glory will be an ebook exclusive. The only part of paperbacks most readers don't know is that I have no control over the minimum price. Well, I have minimum control based on the book's dimensions, but not much. However, those who love the series enough that they want it in physical book form will have that option (as will I!), especially anyone with an ereader other than Kindle.

PLAYLISTS
I don't listen to music while I write because it's a huge distraction from my creative thought process, as well as an outer influence that I do not want. However, I do listen to my MP3 player and think about scenes and the books. Then I create playlists which I have up on playlist.com, but I really dislike the layout of that site now and my flashplayer is constantly crashing. CONSTANTLY! So, I'm moving some of those over to another place. I've already created one for "Closer"; I keep hearing songs on the radio or elsewhere that make me think of scenes. I'll post that after the book release for readers who might find it interesting.




Thursday, September 20, 2012

What is real

I was thinking about one of my favorite childhood books: "The Velveteen Rabbit". It's one that my mother claims when I was three, I begged her to read it to me over and over again. I remember being captivated by stories that were heartwarming and sometimes funny. I loved great illustrations and there's even a photo of me at age two, lying on a brown shag carpet, reading a hand-illustrated Encyclopedia.

I seem to remember a children's book by maybe Hans Christian Andersen?? That also had simple illustrations combined with poetry that captured my imagination. I can't say I was one of those kids who read all the goofy books, and even now when I buy a child a book, I select those special stories that I remember, or ones with excellent illustration. I loved the Miss Spider's Tea Party and bought it for several youngsters I know.

What got me thinking about children's books is I wonder if our passion for reading begins at an early age with the types of books we are exposed to (or not at all). Some coworkers today were having a conversation where one girl was trying to give away a page holder. Another girl said something negative about reading, and girl #1 replied, "Reading feeds your mind."
"Oh, don't tell me you're one of those people," the second girl said.
"What is that supposed to mean?" replied the first.
"I don't read enough books that I need something to hold the pages."

Then the conversation become dumbed down and I tuned out. I really hate to hear perceptions about not only books, but readers themselves. The only difference between watching a movie and reading a book is that a reader uses more of their imagination. They are different forms of entertainment, but there's something so unique about books because you aren't limited to what the director wants to give to you. A book allows you to imagine the characters the way you want to, see the world differently than how others do, and hit rewind over and over with a slant of the eyes.

Maybe we should avoiding giving children the dumbed-down version of books. I was sucked in early on with books that not only made me laugh, but cry. Stories with depth; and in today's age with video games, cell phones, and computers taking the place of books, it's never been more important. I think it's great when a movie based on a book inspires a generation of kids to get into reading, but on the other hand, I'd like to see parents put that inspiration in their kids early on. It's one quality I adore in my nephew; he absolutely loves to read. And I, without a doubt, love to buy him books.



The Velveteen Rabbit


The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by-and-by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

 "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

 "I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive.

 But the Skin Horse only smiled.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Impulse Release Date

IMPULSE has a countdown clock on my sidebar.
Go bananas.


There's a disclaimer for a reason, and it's because I love you enough to be real. It's a larger novel than the previous ones and I don't know how long it will take my editor, and how extensive my final edits will be. However, I did adjust the date to work under the assumption of receiving the book at the latest date and it taking me a week to make my edits.

Should the date move up significantly, then you can really go bananas and I'll change the countdown clock. I'll keep you guys in the loop either way, but I like the idea of a release right around Halloween. You guys can load up on those candy corns and fun size Snicker bars while you curl up with your fresh copy of Impulse. Maybe a cold front will have blown through, and the leaves will have started to change. You can find a cheetah patterned blanket and curl up with it, pretending it's Logan.

Or just curl up next to your space heater, and pretend its Justus.


I've also added a cover reveal release date for "Closer", the novella. That date is firm, and the countdown will not change. :-)  Publication date is not set at this time.

The last line

I often see articles go up regarding the best 1st lines in a book. One this morning made me think of this and I thought I'd pose this question to you: Does a first line really matter? Is that the line that has the most impact for you as a reader?

Personally for me, it doesn't. Writers want to start off with a bang, whether that be very descriptive writing, high intensity action scenes, or writing something that moves the soul. Em, maybe that's not me. Clearly, if you've read Twist, which begins with the characters playing Battleship. I love reading a book that knows how to end. Whether it's a great last line or just a last chapter. It's the way the book ends that leaves me with all the warm fuzzies, nail-biting anticipation for the sequel, or that sigh that makes you want to read it all over again.

I don't think it's the first thing someone says to you that's the most important, but the last.

That may be a running theme on how my writing style is. Do I have a style? I don't know, I never really analyzed it or compared it to others. I don't feel the need to start off chapter one with an elaborate description of the city skyline or a one-legged bird pecking at another bird's egg, symbolizing nature's instinct to destroy hope. When I feel myself getting close to the ending, I always want it to have an impact to the reader. I'd like to think that you smile, sigh, or maybe even shed a tear.

Nothing is more frustrating than when a book ends in the same fashion as someone slamming a door in your face without warning. Pay attention to that while reading the next few novels on your reading list and see what you think about how the book begins and ends. How did it make you feel starting off vs where it left you in the end? Did it abandon you like a jilted lover with a short note scribbled on your pillow? Did it drop you off at the bus station on a Sunday when the buses aren't even running?

Or did it wrap you up in a warm embrace, kiss your neck softly, and tell you that it loved the way you held them?


Thursday, September 13, 2012

TWIST IS 99 CENTS!

To celebrate my completion of "IMPULSE", I've decided to put "TWIST (Book 2 of the Mageri series)" on sale for  99 cents!!

CLICK HERE TO BUY TO TWIST

STERLING (Book1) is only $1.99 so that's a weekend bargain you can't pass up!

If you haven't read it, then you better snatch it while you can!! URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE BESTSELLER AVAILABLE ON AMAZON. I will run this sale for just a few days, so be sure to spread the word! With "Sterling" at $1.99, that is a steal.

Still not sure? Check out the reviews on Amazon or Goodreads for Twist. But I'd suggest not doing that, as it might spoil the surprise. ;-)


Update on Book Three

Book 3 of the Mageri Series: IMPULSE
I have finally turned in my book to the editor! *throws confetti*  Some people have a baby after 8 months, I have a book. As stated before, I don't want to set a date until I am sure that I can keep to it. I don't know how long the editor will need, but with it being close to 130,000 words (I keep saying pages, but it's words), I don't mind if she takes her time. It's about the quality.

My 8 ball is still saying that all signs point to yes for October.

Hoping for a little rally behind the book. I'm going to get in touch with some book blogs for another tour and hoping that readers are kind enough to post reviews, rate the book, recommend it, and love it as much as I do. It still blows my mind whenever I see someone say they've re-read the series; what a tremendous compliment. Be sure to hunt me down on Facebook - there's also a Mageri group forming and they are devoted readers!

I'm going to slide into a few books for a while before doing any serious work. I may edit here and there, but I want "Closer" (my novella) to marinate before I hit it again. I've already designed the cover and it will require a little tweaking. The release date will be this year although I don't know when - it will depend on when I feel like it's closer to being done. I'll do a fancy pants cover reveal (probably like I normally do where I just spring it on you out of nowhere). Or do you guys really want a countdown date?

What makes me happy is that the series is re-readable for so many, and maybe that will help tide everyone over during the wait for the next book. Somehow, you managed to survive 8 months. I hope that the fourth book will be quicker. But regardless of when it comes out, it's more important that it really be a solid story.



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tidbits

I was cleaning out my jewelry chest and found one of my favorite pendants. It's an interesting story because when writing Sterling, there's a scene at the end where I needed Justus to give Silver something that was tempered with magic--infused with energy. When I got to that scene, I thought of several things and finally decided on a necklace. A ring seemed like a strange gift for him to give her and could have all kinds of hidden innuendos, so I went against it.

Something easily hidden beneath a shirt or tucked inside of a bra. This was one of the few things about me that ended up in the book. (My cat licking the window pane is the other). The challenge as an author is to not only incorporate what you know, but what you don't know. There are a number of things I've included in this book I can't relate to - like how delicious an omelet is. Seriously? I'm not into eating bland eggs. :-p

Then again, maybe I've just never had one of Adam's world famous omelets.

I thought I'd show you the dragon pendant from Sterling that Justus gave to Silver. Mine is a little beat up from the years. Now I just need to find some mood rings online and complete the ensemble..LOL

Also in a drawer was this envelope, which I'd already forgotten about. It was a pretty big day getting my first paycheck for "Sterling", and very exciting to cash it out. I could probably have dinner at Chili's with this money, but it's mine and I didn't want to spend my first earnings for something I was so proud of. So, I sealed it up in an envelope. I probably should just take a dollar out of there and frame it like normal people, but it was fun being able to earn and not spend my first dollar. It's dated 2012 because Amazon pays us on a 60 day delay. I also saved my first UK paycheck, but that mostly has to do with the fact that I couldn't get anyone to cash it and went to a Travel company and filled out a bunch of paperwork and had to go back on a Monday to get them to pay me. What a rigamarole!


We hold onto a lot of things in our lives that don't really mean anything. I have a motto: If you don't love it, get rid of it. So when you walk into my apartment, you'll see that I'm surrounded by things that I really love, and that mean something special to me. Even if it is just an envelope tucked away in a drawer.

And hey, times might get hard one day and I might need to dip into that cash to get me some Chili's!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Impulse is almost here

I'm finishing up the last of my notes this evening and will be doing the final read-through this weekend of IMPULSE.

It has been an exhausting and exhilarating past seven months. I'm certain that some things were meant to be. I could not have published this book any sooner due to an illness that knocked me out for 13 weeks.  The kind that leaves you so sick you wonder if you'll ever be yourself again, if you'll ever have a day without unbearable pain.

The kind that made me wonder if my writing career and life was at a halt. It was an emotional rollercoaster that I can't even articulate.


And then I recovered. With a vengeance.


I'm more focused than ever in my pursuit of publishing this world I've created. I'm putting it all out there so that you, dear reader, can decide if you want to be a part of it. All I can do is pour my heart, my soul, my love, and my life into the words that fill the pages and hope that it's enough.

Each story, each character, and every single book holds a special meaning to me. I'm still hopeful that someday, I'll publish that book.

You know the one. That book.

The one that makes you feel, hurt, crave, love, laugh, and wish that it would never end. The one you can't stop talking about. The one that sets your passion for reading on fire.

Maybe I needed a dose of real life these past few months to remind me of what I need to be...

Fearless.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Update

This is my first attempt at promotional art. I decided that I'm going to spend a little time creating a few more images, as I'm sure I'll finally get a few that look really sharp. Feel free to use this on your blogs or elsewhere.


I get a lot of similar questions so I'll answer them here:

Q: Are you going to post on Nook?
A: I rule nothing out, but right now I don't have immediate plans to. I'm exclusively on Amazon and there are a few reasons behind that unrelated to being in the KDP select program (which I'm not). Sales are not high on other sites and books can often be more difficult  to stumble upon on B&N. It's not to say I never will, but right now I'm working on other projects and if this happens, it will be next year. See question below. Those who do not have a Kindle can still enjoy Kindle exclusive books. Amazon offers an application you can download to your PC/laptop, phone, iPad, etc., that will allow you to read the books not offered elsewhere. I have the app on my laptop that I still use sometimes, and did so before I got a Kindle.

Q: Paperback plans?
A. Yes! Next year, 2013. That is on my priority list to get the books out in paperback. It will require me to hire someone to format (I don't have time to do this myself) and I will have to personally design the full jacket - so it's a project.

Q: When is Impulse coming out?
Book three is due this Fall. Keep your eyes on my blog and Facebook page as I will only have a better idea of the date when my editor has the copy and I can get an update from her. I'm on my last edit and 80% in. I'm booked with my editor mid-September and they could have it up to four weeks.

Q: Are there more books in the series?
A. Yes. Book four will require a lot of work and I do not know when the release date will be because of the extensive editing it will involve. I plan to write a book five because of a few plot developments I want resolved, so that's why book four will require a bit of an overhaul.

Q: Do you have other books planned?
I am hoping to release a Novella this year. Additionally, I have written a number of other novels, and some are part of a series. They are all within the Mageri world, but some revolve around other Breed types. I think it's exciting to know what's coming, and I hope readers look forward to another adventure with a new set of characters!

I love the anticipation that builds around a book release, and honestly I wish that I could produce them much faster. As I've stated before, I do have a day job so the time I can work on my books is very limited and consumes my evenings. I do this because I love it, and wouldn't it be a great thing if someday I could say that it's my full-time job. That will always depend on the readers, and how involved they are in my world and stories.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to all of my readers who have been supporting this series with mentions, tweets, shares, and interacting with me online! Continue to show support for indie books by posting your reviews on Amazon (it's super easy), Goodreads, and I am really crossing my fingers for a phenomenal book launch for IMPULSE. If you want to help push this book, please consider posting your review on these sites as soon as possible! Making it visible on the Bestseller list will be an awesome accomplishment, as well as making it visible to those who haven't read the series!!